A Guide for Writing Scientific Papers

An interesting paper was posted on arxiv last week, which gives helpful guidelines for writing scientific papers. Although its title is “Writing Scientific Papers in Astronomy” I think that the given guidelines apply to almost all scientific research papers in various research fields. I strongly recommend this nice article to Master’s and PhD level students and also to all researchers who may want to improve their writing skills.

Henri Poincaré, Science and Method

Henri Poincaré

 “The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living.  I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.

Henri Poincaré

If a country ne…

“If a country neglects basic research it is doomed to be
always a follower and not a leader, and it will lose its most talented young scientists who will go elsewhere. Healthy science is like a healthy tree: you cannot destroy the roots and hope that the branches will flourish.”

David Gross, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics.